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How did Mardi Gras Get Its Name???

By: judyniemeyer On February 28, 2017

Yes, our little town of Fairhope is in the middle of Mardi Gras.  Let the Good Times Role, but how did Mardi Gras get it’s name.  Believe it or not Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”.  The definition goes on to say that it refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Days and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.  “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras day reflects the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before you begin fasting of the Lenten season.  Bottom line, let the parades go, balls flow, and people toast before Ash Wednesday.  It is a great time to enjoy and be Merry.

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